251st Stated Meeting Highlights

  The Presbytery Meeting on Tuesday was graciously hosted by the London First Presbyterian Church members and staff. A special word of thanks from our Presbytery Moderator Rebecca Tollefson goes to the many persons who sat in traffic for hours and still persisted to come to the Presbytery Meeting! The meeting began at 3:40 pm with worship featuring inspiring music, a fascinating sermon by the “Bad Calvinists”, and culminating in the Lord’s Supper. “The Bad Calvinists”, a creative trio of pastors, Joel Esala, Jason Link and Gray Marshall, presented a creative and casual conversation as the sermon based on Matthew 20.   Highlights of the meeting included welcoming new pastors, The Reverend Ross Slaughter, Mt. Vernon First, and The Reverend Dr. Janet Hufford, Pataskala First, and an examination and approval of a candidate for ordination, Mark Parsons-Justice. Business items included commission …

The Presbytery of Scioto Valley 251st Stated Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, May 21, 3:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 211 Garfield Drive, London, OH 43140   The Commissioner Handbook is now available online at www.psvonline.org. “Supplemental Reports” refers to papers available the day of the meeting in the Registration Area and also on the website. Complete agenda and meeting details are available on the presbytery website. 1:30 p.m. PRE-PRESBYTERY MINUTES READING 2:30 p.m. PRE-PRESBYTERY TRAINING FOR NEW COMMISSIONERS. A training for new commissioners and those who would like a refresher about what goes on at a presbytery meeting will be led by Vice Moderator Rev. Mark Gauen and Stated Clerk Rev. Sally Robinson. 3:30 p.m. THE PRESBYTERY IS CALLED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT –  “CONVENING THE MEETING” Declaration of a Quorum and Formation of the Roll – Rev. Sally Robinson Adoption of the Meeting Agenda Greetings from Host Pastor – …

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Guide (POAMN) 2019 Resource Guide

The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) produces an Older Adult Ministry Resource Guide each year. This planning guide suggests ministry program ideas and resources for the work of older adult ministry in small, medium and large congregations. Copies of the 2019 Resource Guide will be made available to congregations as a courtesy of our Presbytery Older Adult Ministry team. The new 2019 Resource Guide is also available for download online at www.poamn.org.


July 12-13, 2019, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2070 Ridgecliff Road in Columbus Retreat speakers will include: Eugenia Gamble: Author of the 2019-2020 Horizons Bible Study, “Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments”. In two workshops she will provide an overview and offer ideas and resources for study leaders. Carol Winkler: Former Moderator of Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Carol will share the latest from Churchwide PW where she serves ex-officio. Diane Moffett : Presbyterian Mission Agency president and executive director. Diane will speak about the mission of the PC(USA) today. For more information, see the brochure: https://psvonline.org/events/presbyterian-women-in-the-synod-of-the-covenant

Celebrating May Ordination Anniversaries… Presbytery of Scioto Valley Minister Members

We recognize and lift up in prayer the work and ministry of our pastors in the Presbytery who are celebrating the anniversary of their ordination to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament during the month of May. The Reverend Dr. Thomas B. Martin (5-1-1963) The Reverend M. Stephen Merold (5-13-1973) The Reverend Joel A. Esala (5-15-2016) The Reverend Dr. Myong Sun Kim (5-15-2011) The Reverend Leslie Sauer (5-17-1971) The Reverend Dr. Shelley C. Wiley (5-18-1986) The Reverend Dr. Jeannie C. Harsh (5-21-2013) The Reverend David L. Bubb (5-22-1984) The Reverend Evan D. Fisher (5-23-1965) The Reverend Robert E. Salmon (5-24-1970) The Reverend Elizabeth D. Terry (5-31-1981) The Reverend Randy Terry (5-31-1981)

News from the Westside Urban Ministry (WUM) WINTER JACKETS IN THE SPRING???

As you get out your spring gear, and put away your winter wear, remember the Presbytery’s Westside Urban Ministry (WUM) collects new and gently-used children’s jackets.  WUM collects these, and then sorts and distributes them in early winter to the nurses and counselors at schools on Columbus’s West side.   Last year WUM distributed over 800 jackets, thanks to your generous support!   Our goal is 1,000 coats/jackets for the 2019 winter season!  Questions or need jackets picked up?  Contact Connie Jump of the Overbrook Presbyterian Church at [email protected] WUM HOSTS COMMUNITY MEETING LISTENING SESSION WITH COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT… Dr. Talisa Dixon, Columbus City Schools’ new Superintendent, has launched her “Mapping our Success 100-Day Plan” to identify both the successes and challenges within Ohio’s largest school district. Her next listening session will be hosted by the Presbytery of Scioto Valley’s Westside Urban Ministry …

PW Lifetime Honoree Dagmar Romage

Presbyterian Women in PSV Hold Spring Gathering Building an inclusive caring community was the theme of the PW Spring Gathering on Saturday, March 27 at the Hanover Presbyterian Church. A highlight of the morning was the presentation of an Honorary Life Membership to Presbytery staff person, Dagmar Romage. The Honorary Life Membership program was established to honor faithful service to the women’s organization and to the church. Dagmar, this year’s honoree, received a certificate and a special pin along with words of gratitude for her faithful service to PW in the Presbytery.

Ministry Initiatives Program News… (PSV) Mission Initiatives Board (MIB) Begins its Work

In 2018, the Presbytery approved an exciting new Ministry Initiatives Program (MIB) with the primary purpose to help spur, support, and finance initial implementation of imaginative ministry ideas within our congregations and across our Presbytery. Active members from each Presbytery commission and the vice moderator make up a Mission Initiatives Board (MIB). Financial support will come from the Presbytery’s Church Development Fund, which was established in 2013. The MIB hopes to have its first proposals for funding in 2020. Look for more information soon. It you have questions, the MIB members are: Mark Gauen, Chair (Westerville First); Peter Galbraith (Nelsonville First); Sarah Juist (Hanover); Bob Armstrong (Hilliard); Bob Gustafson (West Berlin); Jeannie Harsh, Ex-officio (Presbytery staff).  

Older Adult Week Begins

Sunday, May 5, Older Adult Week Begins Each year the Presbyterian Church (USA) designates the first Sunday in May as Older Adult Sunday. Visit: www.poamn.org for information.

PRAYING THROUGH THIS HOLY WEEK… (Written for this week by bill leety, honorably retired pastor in PSV)

  In this Holy Week, Lord,”We the people…” show ourselves fickle and fierce in our shouts: “Hosanna, blessed, the One who comes…” and later,”Crucify him!” Help us know ourselves, and know too that we are yours in Jesus. Holy God: strange it seems, that another Joseph, an Arimathean, becomes the last to touch the Son of the carpenter, anointing with a hundred-weight of myrrh and aloes; so that just days later when Jesus appears to friends the scent in a locked room is overpowering, like a perfume counter or cologne kiosk at Macy’s. Lord, let me too in this and each holy week catch a whiff of the fearful and fearsome love and holiness of that Joseph, to our Jesus.